Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Live in the moment

Hey, Hello!
I haven't forgotten the blog, and I'm still alive... it's just been so busy :)  I realized as I was thinking about what photos I wanted to post here today.. that I can't let it go this long between posts because I have too much to share. lol   I feel like I'm drowning you in photos today.
I'm just so happy it's finally NOT WINTER!

Today I'm sharing some simple note cards I made using Authentique papers. Since I've been creating less since I'm stepped down from designs teams, my "go to" card supply box is getting low.  I love to send little hadmade notes, so I sat down with this Picnic collection, which I adore.
There is something so relaxing about creating simple little note cards like these.  It satisfies my need to play with paper.... even when life it busy.

What else have I been up to?  Well..... using up some rhubarb from the cabin for one things.   I feels like it's been for ever since I've baked a pie, so I thought I'd better, before I forget how. haha
I've been working on weight loss, so it's not exactly what I need around, but It's Amy's favorite and  we had people over to grill out on Memorial Day, so It got  eaten up. whew!

I also used some of the rhubarb to make the jam that mom used to always make for all of us.  I made rhubarb strawberry and rhubarb blueberry.  I love pulling the old aqua club pot that make always used when making this and  just reminiscing about her as I chop rhubarb and stir away while standing at the stove. Somehow it makes be feel closer to her.
I think of mom and dad and all the great memories they created for us kids.  I think of them everyday, but I guess even  more because of memorial weekend.
I took flowers out to their graves on Friday.  As I look at those dates on the headstones, I'm always taken aback when I realize how long  they've been gone.  Crazy how it seems so fresh in my mind. It never seems like that many years have passed.
 I'm so thankful for all the great memories they left us with.

I have spent more time sitting out on the the deck relaxing .. this year, than I ever have.  I feel like I'm truly "getting" how to slow down and enjoy life. I love it.  I can honestly say, now.. when I sit down to relax and enjoy a glass of tea on the deck.. I really "relax"and enjoy.  I know that sounds weird, but I feel like I used to think I was doing that, but actually I was sitting there thinking about what I  was going to work on or try to accomplish later.  It's not the same.

I'm also enjoying cooking so much more, now that I have more time.
For the most part, I'm cooking so much healthier since I've been doing Keto.  This was Monday when we had  company so there was pie. lol  But otherwise most of this is Keto friendly.
Do any of you do Keto?  I feel like it's something that is actually sustainable for me.  I'm down 40lbs ( but with much to go).   Thankful for each day I continue to try to eat healthier.  Weight has always been a issue for me, but I think for me, like  many of us... as you get older you give much more thought to your health rather than just  appearance.

We have been grilling and eating out on the deck since it's been nice.  I had been looking for a little holder for paper plates, napkins and silverware, that I could just grab and take out with us.  I found this ( 1/2 off ) at Hobby Lobby.  I love it and it works great!

 Wes and Amy have been working on projects at the cabin so I spent the day out there one day last week ( when I picked the rhubarb).   Amy had left for work already when I took these photos :(  , but  I loved  these of Wes and Jep.   

 We are a dog  loving family

Which brings me to some  sad news.  I feel like I need to share, because many of you who have  followed my blog, have seen many photos, over the years, of this sweet girl.  Our grandpup  Chloe.   We had to say our goodbyes to her after 15 years.  Kate had her even before her and Jarad were married and she became part of the family when Kate did.  She was the kindest, most gentle loving dog you could ever imagine.  We all miss her so much.  It was a hard, and heartbreaking decision for Kate and Jarad, but it was just time. She was so loved!!

It seems with all the good things in life, there is always some tough ones.


I found this quote and loved it.. so I wanted to share.
I added it to a photo, and I'm going to use it as I screen saver on my phone, as I little reminder.

Thanks as always for stopping by. I love that you do



HJ said...

Love your cards and beautiful pictures of your cooking effort and family. Congrats on your success with your weight. Great job! Love that quote. I saw a quote recently by Carl Sandburg that I adore: "Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you." I'm happy to hear you are relaxing more and enjoying it more. Enjoy your day!

janel said...

What a beautiful post filled with wisdom. I can relate to so many things that you write about.
Enjoy your deck and hooray for you for embracing such healthy eating habits.
Hoping you can sit on your deck and watch the corn grow to "knee high by the 4th".
Thinking of you,

Anonymous said...

This One almost made me cry. I loved your post My Vicki and I loved your thought about the moments in our life. We do waster the worrying about things that might never happen. Love the pictures and I have never tried rhubarb blueberry but it sounds delicious! Thinking of you and wishing you wnderful moments for each hour of the day. Love and hugs.